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Kids build catapults from craft materials

During a science event at Oregon Public Library Monday, kids used craft supplies to build catapults. 

An Oregon Observer photo set shows kids at work in the library's "Science Lab."... Read More

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County says no to radio tower, backing town decision

Just a few weeks after the town of Rutland officials rejected a proposal to build a 486-foot radio tower south of Old Stage Road, the Dane County Board of Supervisors voted likewise, according to the Oregon Observer.

The Dane County Board of Supervisors voted last Thursday not to rezone 15.5 acres of land where Tomah-based Magnum Communications wants to erect a the tower to service Stoughton’s first FM radio station... Read More

Oregon Community Bank Main Street office will close for renovations

Oregon Community Bank Main Street office will close for renovations

The Oregon Community Bank and Trust Main Street office will be temporarily closed for a remodeling project expected to start August 1, according to a release.

The renovation project includes the addition of private offices for personal bankers, an expanded teller line area to enhance speed of service, and a facelift of the exterior of the building to modernize the facility and increase energy efficiency, officials said.

"We are thrilled to be reinvesting in the community and in the location that has helped make our bank the success that it is," President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Peotter said in the release.

For the safety of bank staff and clients the Main Street office will be closed, and all staff will be relocated to the Alpine branch at 101 S. Alpine Parkway, officials said.

Free session to focus on timely health issue: Lyme disease, ticks

A health eductation event Thursday afternoon at the hospital will focus on a timely issue: Lyme disease. 

Nurse Practitioner Kaye McGrath will lead a session about the disease and self-care in checking for ticks at 1 p.m. at the Bryant Health Education Center at Stoughton Hospital. 

To register for the free talk, contact Sonja at 873-2356 or pr3@stohosp.com.

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Messy event recreates ick-free 'bird poop,' more for kids

Kids got a chance to get a little messy Friday afternoon at the Oregon Public Library with “Gross Stuff” at the monthly Fuss With Stuff event.

The kids played with slime, “blood” and “bird poop,” all made with household ingredients... Read More

Zoo critters stop by senior center

A variety of critters stopped by the Oregon Area Senior Center last week for a special event. 

Zoo volunteers brought a ferret, lizard, snake, bird and more animals to the senior center on Park Street Friday. The Oregon Observer and the senior center posted photos of the animals greeting attendees. ... Read More

Officer, EMT, firefighter of the year awards given to Brooklyn workers

Several area first responders were honored with awards last week. 

On Wednesday at the village of Brooklyn Board of Trustees meeting, the Brooklyn Police Officer of the Year award was given to Wade Engelhart, the Brooklyn EMT of the Year award was given to David Dorn, the Brooklyn Firefighter of the Year award was given to Alton Erickson.

The Oregon Observer reported that Engelhart was also recognized by the Green County Law Enforcement Administrators Association as the 2013 Officer of the Year in recognition of “professional and outstanding performance.”... Read More